Definition of anole in English:

anole

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Pronunciation: /əˈnəʊli
 
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noun

  • A small, mainly arboreal American lizard with a throat fan that (in the male) is typically brightly coloured. Anoles have some ability to change colour.
    • Genus Anolis, family Iguanidae: numerous species
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    • Check out your local pet shop and look into anoles, chameleons, and skinks, among many others.
    • Just six months later the anoles were almost exclusively tree-dwelling, and longer-legged lizards had died in disproportionate numbers.
    • Trunk-ground anoles possess long hindlimbs that result in high-speed locomotion, but impair movement on narrow perches, presumably because of the difficulty of maintaining the lizard's center of mass directly over the narrow branch.

Origin

early 18th century: from Carib.

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